Wondering what to visit in Perth? Look no further, Oh Hey WA is the greatest walking-tour option that covers a range of subjects like history, art, nightlife, and culture. Join their daily Art & Cultural tour or book in a group for a special occasion or custom experience. Learn and have fun at the same time!!link
AGWA has a great exhibition space, filled with old and new Australian artwork. The State Art Collection has various sections but its jewel is one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art. The exhibitions change every 3 months or so, check out the website for the current ones.
They also do tours of the collections, which are run by volunteers and are free to anyone. Check out the timetable to see what is on when you are here.
Art Gallery of Western Australia – 08 9492 6600
Perth Cultural Centre
Essentially The Bird is a live music and performance venue but it’s actually much more than that. It’s a great place to go for a drink or two and unwind while some of Perth’s better acts provide nourishment for the soul. Out the back in the courtyard on a warm afternoon or evening is a hard act to follow (pun intended).link
Located just down the road at 164 James Street, in the heart of Northbridge, Cinema Paradiso is not only synonymous with showing quality Art House, Independent and Foreign Cinema, they also screen a yearly schedule of great Film Festivals as well as a good mix of the better mainstream fiolms. The best thing is they’re fully licensed which means you can sit back, relax and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of cinema with a great drink. Click here for session times
‘Freo’ is a lovely place to visit, with art, culture and good coffee at every turn. The small streets that were filled with old dockworker cottages have been transformed into artisanal shops and creative coffee shops. The large empty warehouses have become flourishing markets which are extremely popular with locals and tourists alike.
For those who have a love of the sea, the Maritime Museum is really fascinating. They even have the original Australia II on display inside. The Fremantle Prison is also a must do, with various tours to choose from, there is something for everyone. The Tunnels Tour is definitely one for the adventurous types.
Once you’ve had enough of sightseeing, head to South Beach (there is a free Cat bus to get you there), and relax with the sand between your toes.
Check out Visit Fremantle
Public Transport: Trains take around 25 mins and run from Perth Central Station on a regular basis on both weekdays and weekends. Check Transperth Route Planner for times. You can always take a bus which will take longer or grab a taxi.
His Majesty’s is on the State Heritage Register – not that that detail is at all important when watching varied works by some very varied acts from our state, nationally and abroad. Whether it’s comedy, opera or ballet – His Majesty’s will at some point throughout any given calender year have something for everybody and with it’s classic horseshoe shape it will always remain a favourite of performers.link
Located around the corner at 192 William Street, Northside Books is a small repository dedicated mainly to the written word with a smattering of titles where words take a backseat to the pursuit of photography. Whether it’s the latest offering from DBC Pierre or a “Penguin Classic” there is nothing like a good book.link
Paper Mountain is run by artists as a creative space for artists to work and to showcase their talents and comprises a gallery, studios and The Common Room – a less formal all-in, membership based studio space where creative types can hang out and work. The gallery space is open to the public and is certainly worth popping into for a look-see!link
Perth’s answer to the Rubix Cube. The Arena has lots of events for everyone: from live music to live sports; from Disney on Ice to the Dalai Lama. Have a nosey at their website for upcoming events and you may just be able to grab a ticket to a Ricky Martin concert, or whatever tickles your fancy. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.
Walk or Cycle (1.1km)
Perth Arena – 08 6365 0700
700 Wellington Street, Perth
The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art sits comfortably amongst the nations finest centres for the development and presentation of contemporary art. It acts as both a creative space for artists and an exhibition space where you’re never quite sure what you’ll find next. Most definitely worth popping your head into, frequently.link
The State Library of WA has a long, long history and has been around in some capacity – albeit under different names and auspices – since the 1800’s. It’s current home is the State Library building – our sole neighbour on our Eastern side. Not only is the building a fantastic resource for learning but their increasingly progressive view towards digital information makes this a fantastic place to visit.link
Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, The State Theatre Centre houses a number of interesting and unique performance venues. The Heath Leadger Theatre is the State Theatre Centre’s primary performance venue. Run under the auspices of the Perth Theatre Trust the State Theatre is predominantly used by the Perth Theatre Company and the Black Swan State Theatre Company. Click on their links to see what’s on!link
Perth’s main museum just around the corner from Alex Hotel is no longer open to the public as its being redeveloped, with a brand spanking new museum scheduled to open in 2020. Given that’s a long time to wait, the good people at the museum will be regularly showing pop up exhibitions alongside their regular displays in their other two locations, both of which are in Fremantle – The WA Maritime Museum and the Shipwreck Galleries.link